We sat down with Dondra Ritzenthaler — avid traveler, mother of two and the Senior Vice President of Sales, Trade Support & Service for Celebrity Cruises — and asked why her cruise line checks all the right boxes for family vacations.
Why is cruising in general such a great idea for family vacations?
Dondra Ritzenthaler: What makes cruising so special for families is that it gives kids and parents time to be both together and apart. There are so many great things kids can do — like all the activities organized through the Camps at Sea — giving mom and dad a much-needed break. But they can still many activities together, along with dining and watching our amazing shows together. Plus, when you go on a cruise, kids actually learn a lot. Travel is such a great opportunity for education, and often the kids are having so much fun they don’t realize they’re learning too.
Why should families choose Celebrity Cruises in particular?
DR: We truly offer a new luxury experience, so it’s easy to see how mom, dad and the grandparents will love it. But kids love it too! These are the kids who are used to going to the Ritz Carlton and the Four Seasons, kids who order escargot over chicken nuggets, and they love being on Celebrity Cruises.
Another thing that makes Celebrity Cruises special is our Camp at Sea program. It’s focused around STEM activities, so kids have a great time learning new things. We have science projects like putting Mentos in a Coke to understand why it spews everywhere. It’s a fun way of learning that fits in well with how these families are used to vacationing.